As a non-profit organisation with a public service mission, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering values transparency. The Academy complies with the guidelines for advising policymakers and the public and its activities reflect its mission statement. Both of these documents cover the ethical framework and provide a benchmark that guides the Academy and its work. The following information on transparency is guided by the definition proposed by the Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (in German), an initiative launched by Transparency International.
10 items of information for more transparency
1) Name, registered office, address and year established
acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering
Registrar of Companies: District Court of Munich, VR 20 20 21
The Academy was established in 2002 under the name akatech as the Council for Engineering Sciences. In 2007, the council became the present-day Academy, acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering e.V., which is funded by the German Federal Government and the Länder (see the history of acatech).
2) Complete articles of association and details on organisational goals
- Link to full articles of association (in German)
- Organisational goals are defined in acatech’s mission
3) Information on tax relief
The Academy pursues exclusively and directly non-profit-making activities in accordance with the provisions of the “Tax-privileged purposes” section in the German Fiscal Code (Abgabenordnung). The organisation is exempt from corporation and trade tax.
4) Name and function of key decision makers
The Academy’s Management Board (in accordance with Section 26 of the German Civil Code, BGB) consists of the two Presidents and the Managing Director. acatech’s Executive Board is the public face of the Academy and is responsible for its strategic management.
5) Progress report
The Academy’s annual reports outline the Academy’s activities for the particular year. These activities are documented in our Publications, search term “annual report”.
6) Staffing structure
Details of the staffing structure in the acatech Office are available here.
7) Information on source of funds
acatech is a non-profit institution. It is financed by institutional funding, which is provided in equal measure by the German Federal Government, the 16 Länder and the Land of Bavaria. acatech also receives project-related funding from public and private sources. Each year, the Academy’s annual reports provide details of the source of acatech’s funding. These details are documented in our publications, search term “annual report”.
8) Information on use of funds
acatech documents the use of funds, among other matters, in its annual monitoring reports in accordance with Section 3(3) Wiss FG (legislation governing the promotion of science). These reports are publicly available on the Publications home page: Publications link, search word: “monitoring report”
9) Corporate affiliations with third parties
acatech is an associate of Wissenschaft im Dialog and a founding member and partner of Futurium.
10) Names of persons to whom annual payments made account for more than 10% of the total annual budget
There are no natural persons to whom annual payments made account for more than 10% of the total annual budget.
The public core funding accounts for more than 10% of the total annual budget. acatech is a non-profit institution. It is financed by institutional funding, which is provided in equal measure by the German Federal Government, the 16 Länder and the Land of Bavaria. In 2021, institutional funding amounted to EUR 3.75 million.
acatech also receives project-related funding from public sources and from the acatech Friends Association. The aim of the Friends Association is to support the National Academy of Science and Engineering, which, in cooperation with other national and international scientific institutions and in dialogue with civil society and industry aims to tackle technological problems and initiate future-oriented research activities (see Articles of association; in German).
The Academy’s annual reports provide details each year about the source of acatech’s funding – this information is documented in our Publications, search term: “annual report”.